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Chemical Peeling

Chemical Peels - Peeling back the years!
Dr Puja Sarna has been expertly trained by Lifestyle Aesthetics one Uk's leading companies in the field of chemical peels.
Peels are used to improve the appearance of skin, correct the appearance of facial blemishes, and to reduce the effects of smoking and sun exposure. Peels can also be used for reducing uneven pigmentation, acne and acne scarring.
Giving a rejuvenated facial appearance!

How does it Work?

  • Chemical peels are designed to accelerate the removal of old, dead skin cells at the surface of the skin to promote new cell growth.
  • Chemical peels can take anything from just a few minutes to over thirty minutes, depending on the type of peel that you are having.
  • There are three types of peel: superficial, medium, or deep.
  • With all types of peel you may need to use specified homecare products before your peel. These products will help to prepare your skin and ensure that it is in optimum condition prior to the peel.
  • You may also need to use specified homecare products after your peel.

Superficial Peels

  • Superficial peels remove skin cells from the epidermis (the top layer of the skin).
  • These peels usually use combinations of alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) and betahydroxy acids (BHAs) eg glycolic acid, lactic acid, salycilic acid and maleic acid.
  • This usually only takes a few minutes
  • As superficial peels affects the top layers of the skin.

Medium Peels

  • Medium peels can remove skin cells from both the epidermis and upper part of the dermis (the middle layer of the skin).
  • This usually contain trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and this is sometimes used in combination with glycolic acid. The peel remains on your face for a few minutes before being neutralised.
  • Medium peels may need to be repeated every 6 - 12 months to maintain the effect.

Deep Peels

  • Deep peels go deeper into the lower part of the dermis.
  • Performed using phenol (a strong form of TCA) and may require a local anaesthetic and sedative
  • A deep peel is a 'one-off' treatment with lasting effects, unlike superficial and medium peels.

Now for the Science!

Resorcinol is a derivative of phenol that has been used as a peeling agent for over one hundred years. In higher concentrations, resorcinol has been shown to cause a separation in the epidermis at the level of the stratum granulosum while inducing an inflammatory response.

A relatively low concentration of resorcinol in the LA peel solution is less likely to cause complete exfoliation with a raw surface area. Resorcinol helps to provide a numbing effect and increases the depth of the lactic acid and salicylic acid penetration.

Lactic acid occurs naturally in human skin as a part of metabolic processes. Lactic acid in normal skin is partly responsible for maintaining the acid mantle of the skin at a pH of 5.5 to 6.0. Thus, there is no toxicity from the lactic acid itself. It is less irritating than other alpha hydroxy acids and is relatively gentle to the skin. Several studies have shown that lactic acid has a natural moisturizing effect on the skin.

Salicylic Acid penetrates directly into skin follicles, making it a very important component of the LA peel solution. As well as absorbing into the broad skin surface, this acid goes directly into the waxy build up associated with acne. Salicylic acid unroofs comedones and pustules, opening the sebaceous gland and stimulating the elimination of wastes.


The result will depend on what chemicals are used, how deep the peel is and any special requirements you may have.

The great thing about peels is:

  • Simple and Effective
  • Predictable results
  • Minimal Complications
  • Multiple areas (face , neck, hands) can be treated at the same time
  • Self limiting no need to neutralise
  • Adding successive layers controls depth or level of peeling
  • Significant visible peeling
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Skin healing in 3 - 5 days
  • Improves smoothness and texture of the skin
  • Increases new skin Collagen and elastin production
  • Dimishes fine lines

Who is not Suitable?

  • Peel is contra indicated during pregnancy
  • Patients with an allergy to Aspirin
  • Should not be used while a patient has an active herpes lesion
  • Retin A should be discontinued two weeks before an LA Peel
  • Ro Accutane should be discontinued at least 3 months prior to an LA Peel

The Risks
There are some risks associated with chemical peels, including infection, skin colour changes and scarring. The treated skin may appear darker or be tight or swollen for a time. You will need to avoid exposure to the sun for some time after your peel.
One of our expert team will give you full information on this and other aftercare.
So why wait, book yourself a consultation today!